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- The Fennes Fisheries -

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- The Fennes Fisheries -
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Location in South East:
Fennes Road, Bocking, Braintree, Essex, England, CM7 5LB

Contact:
01376 323285 or crampy@fsbdial.co.uk

Day Tickets:
- day tickets cost 7 for one rod, 10 for two
- evening tickets cost 3
- concessions available for juniors, OAPs and disabled
- annual memberships available which offers half price admission.

Facilities:
- Car parks
- tended banksides, platform pegs
- well-maintained ladies and gents toilets
- well equipped to cater for disabled anglers
- excellent on-site tackle shop which sells a wide range of fresh baits, rods, reels and poles plus accessories
- cold drinks and confectionary available plus a refreshment van serving breakfasts, hot and cold snacks and drinks is open on the site almost every Spring and Summer weekend.

Best Baits:
Sweetcorn, luncheon meat and maggots in summer. Casters, worm and maggots in winter.

Getting There:
The Fennes is in Bocking Village which is about three miles north of Braintree just off the A131 at High Garrett. Heading towards Sudbury, turn off the A131 into Bocking Church Street as directed by the brown Tourist Board signs. The fishery is signposted half a mile down Fennes Road.

The Fennes Fisheries is one of the most popular coarse fisheries in Essex offering a total of 14.5 acres of water in three spring-fed lakes containing carp [to nearly 30lbs] as well as good sized tench [to over 6lb], bream [to 5lb], roach [to 2lb 14oz], rudd and perch [to over 4lb].
Ash Grounds lake offers 60 pegs with many features and islands within casting distance. It is great for either margin or surface fishing. Try floating dog biscuit or bread crust or cast to the islands using a bubble float. Target the carp around the lillies and the margins, using the bankside cover. Favoured pegs are 31 and 24.
Hobs Croft Lake is a 30 peg, three and a half acre lake, more open than Ash Grounds, but again with islands to fish to. Favoured pegs are 63 and 71.
Hill and Black has depths rising from 7 feet to 3-4 feet round the islands and holds a large stock of good sized fish with carp to well over 20lb, tench, roach, rudd and skimmers. All methods work well.

Rules:
- open from 07:30 to sunset
- no close season
- no night fishing allowed.

Reader Feedback: Mark Fernandes, January 2011
Fennes Fishery is a good all round fishery and has carp up 34lb. My biggest carp at Fennes is 19lb 7oz mirror and 17lb 4oz common and they were from Hobs Croft but the other two lakes also fish well. Ash Grounds is the hardest lake but has the biggest carp in it. Also all the lakes have good size silvers in them and decent size tench.

Reader Feedback: Oliver Hayden, April 2008
On saturday I caught a 21.4lb mirror from Hill and Black on boilie and it hammered my previous pb which was 12.5lb from the same lake. Good fishing.

Reader Feedback: Oliver Hayden, April 2008
I have written before saying how good the fishery is and it has got better because shortly after christmas a 33lb 8oz mirror carp was caught from Ash Grounds, the lake on the same side as the shop. During the lst half term holiday I fished Fennes about 6 times and one of my friends had a 14.5 and another had a 15, also I had a 1.5 lb roach

Reader Feedback: Oliver Hayden, June 2007
I have fished Fennes plenty of times as I am a local and me my dad and brother have all caught our pb's from Fennes, the biggest fish I have seen caught was a 28 and a half pound mirror on hill and black which I have found to be the best lake over there. Thank you, Oliver age 14

Reader Feedback: Justin Towns, June 2006
I found your website and used the info. to visit Fennes Fishery in Essex. I fished a beautiful lake with one other angler. The manager there was really helpful and friendly and to top it all I had a good day with a nice mixed bad. Found the best method was the "method" with a pellet on the hook"


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